Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cleaning stainless steel appliances, naturally

Happy weekend! I hope you're all staying safe if your area is being affected by the snow storm! We aren't getting any snow here, but I kind of wish we were!

I haven't talked much about cleaning on the blog before, but it's something that I'm passionate about. Yes. I said I'm passionate about cleaning! I think I get this from my mom's mom. When I was just a little toddler, I spent the day at her house, and I came home and told my mom that I was helping Nanny clean "like Cinderella". Hahaha. To some kids, cleaning would sound miserable, but I loved it. When I was a little older, my sisters and I would go to our neighbors house to play. Well...everyone else would play, and I would clean up the toy room....because that's what I thought was fun. True story!

Anyway, I think you get the idea. I love to clean! That's not to say that my house is always perfectly clean and tidy...but I sure try my best to keep it that way as much as I can with a 15 month old running around!

When I was pregnant with Audrey, I really became much more aware of what kinds of chemicals I was using to clean our home. I didn't use too many to begin with, but there were some that I wanted to replace with more natural alternatives. One of them was my stainless steel cleaner. I don't remember the brand that I used previously, but it was awfully chemical smelling, and that odor would linger in the kitchen for a very long time. It would also leave a residue on the appliances, which would then end up on our fingers when we'd touch it and open the doors. Not good.

Here's what I've discovered works beautifully for cleaning your stainless steel appliances!

You just need a spray bottle filled with a water/vinegar solution (I make mine almost 50/50, but with just a little more water than vinegar), some olive oil, and one or two cleaning cloths (I use microfiber) or paper towels.

I found this suggestion online somewhere, quite a while ago. I don't remember the original source, or I would share it with you!

Here's what to do. First, spray down your stainless steel appliance with the water/vinegar solution, then wipe it with a clean cloth or paper towel. This will remove fingerprints and smudges as well as disinfect the surface.

Then, pour some olive oil on the unused side of your cloth and wipe down your appliance. Pour more oil as needed. This will give the surface an even color and make it shine! 

Then, take another clean cloth and wipe down any excess oil...and you're done! Your stainless steel appliances will be looking perfectly clean and shiny! 

Here's a side-by-side before and after of my dishwasher. It's difficult to capture on camera how drastic the difference is...but trust's amazing!

I love that this is completely safe and natural, because Audrey is always touching (and sometimes licking!) the fridge, so I don't have to be concerned that she will be ingesting chemicals with this cleaning method....and it really works! I hope you'll try this safe, eco-friendly, all-natural, and effective way to clean your stainless steel! 

Maybe if you're snowed in this weekend you can polish up your stainless steel know...for "fun"! 


  1. Won't the oil still leave a residue even after wiping it down with a clean cloth?

  2. @lilvampgurl....You're only using a little bit of oil to begin with, so it shouldn't leave a residue as long as you wipe it down well.

  3. Thanks for this, Rachel - pinning now! ;-)

  4. I do the same thing, and I use baby oil instead of olive oil. Makes my appliances shine just the same. :)


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